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Old 02-19-2013, 09:32 AM
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OK, for those who may have followed my other thread, I am now the proud owner of a model 10-5. Correct me if I am wrong, the model 10 was designed to be a well made, quality weapon, but it was the entry level, or basic model. I am very pleased with the performance of this model 10. It handles well, and is very accurate.

My question is, are other models significantly better performers than the model 10? The most obvious difference is adjustable sights. While I would love to have a good set of adjustable sights, if the non-adjustable sights are accurate, this would be more of an "in my mind" advantage, than a practical one.

I guess what I am asking is input to decide whether I should be looking for an upgrade, down the road, or will this weapon perform as well, or nearly as well, as it's "better" siblings.

I have no interest in carrying a revolver. I, personally, don't care much for snub nosed revolvers. I'm not saying that this attitude may not change, but I have had experience with snub nosed versions in the past, and really didn't care much at all for them. It would be used as a range weapon, and perhaps a backup for home defense.

I wouldn't mind having a revolver chambered in .357, although realistically, I would be unlikely to shoot anything but .38 in it. I also wouldn't mind having a slightly longer barrel than the 4" I currently have. I would like to stick with .38 or .357 for economy of care and feeding.

I would appreciate all of your thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of some of the different models.
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A Model 10 needs no upgrade and will last for multiple generations. The name "Military and Police Revolver" sums up its intended purpose pretty well. Adjustable sight are more prone to snagging, can go out of adjustment and are sometimes a liability on a defensive firearm. They're great on a target or hunting gun where it's important to regulate the POI precisely to the POA, but fixed sights are fine for casual target practice and serious social work. You can buy a gun with more bells and whistles, but you already have a quality revolver that takes a back seat to none.
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[QUOTE=Clovishound;137029533] ...It would be used as a range weapon, and perhaps a backup for home defense....

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In which case you don't need stainless steel for use in all weather conditions, nor the added power- probably.

Don't know that a longer barrel would be any advantage, either.

Seems like for your purposes that investing in ammo and range time would be the best option. Unless... you would consider adding a .22 revolver! I consider mine the best money ever spent on a firearm.
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I think for your intended purposes, your gun is a fine choice. As jaymoore suggested, ammo and range time are money well spent. Also, if you want another revolver, I too recommend a .22. A model 17 or 18 would be a cost effective understudy for your model 10. It is tough to have more fun at the range than with a Smith and Wesson .22!
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The Model 10 is an excellent revolver and it will do the job as a home defense pistol, range revolver, and even a carry gun. The 38 special is a great round and will do the job of protecting you if need be.
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I like the looks of SS, and it would be nice not to have to deal with rust, and worn off bluing, but not willing to spend a bunch of $ for that right now. Right now I am in the performance at the range and reliability mode. Sounds like what I have pretty much fits the bill for that. My buddy did some quick touch up on the bluing and small amount of surface rust the other day. It looks much better now, and I may do more thorough work on the bluing at some point in the future.

I am ambivalent about a new set of Hogue grips, or wood. I am playing around with making a set of wooden grips right now. The letting in is a real pain. I may have to dig out the router table that has been gathering dust for years just to easily take off the majority of wood before doing the hand tool work.

As to a .22 revolver, I wouldn't want my target .22 to feel unloved. It is still feeling left out since I purchased my CC weapon. I finally got myself compartmentalized to the point I could pick up my target .22 and mentally readjust to a short, 2 1/2 lb trigger. I think bringing another .22 into the fold would push it over the edge into full blown depression.

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You might find adjustable sights a benefit. Either a 4" Model 15 or a 6" K-38 would be worth considering.
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You can make an argument that a fellow is pretty well armed when he has a .22, a .38/.357 and a .44/.45 in what ever configuration you prefer. But what is the fun in that. I enjoy going to the range with a variety of guns from a pocket pistol to an 8 3/8" .44.
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I think there is certainly room for improvement. I have a 4" Victory Model (early Model 10) that shoots very accurately, but when I was able to shoot a friend's Model 14, my ability to hit very small targets was uncanny.

The M14 is the descendant of the K-38 Masterpiece. These feature 6" ribbed barrels with adjustable sights, and were available with the .500" wide target hammer and target trigger.

The sights are much nicer for getting a clean sight picture, and the barrel rib seems to create a better balance and does a great job of reducing glare. The trigger also seemed nicer than my Victory, which is tough to do because I always felt the Victory had a great trigger.

There was also a 4" version, the Combat Masterpiece, which became the Model 15. I think a Model 14 or 15 will give you greater potential accuracy. These are very fine target revolvers and would be perfect for your needs.
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There are lots of variables here to affect your choice - hand size, preference for balance (neutral/muzzle heavy), etc. Your model 10 is a great all-around choice for your stated purposes, and I would try different stocks on it (plenty of alternatives available) and shoot it a lot before deciding on another gun.

Should you like the model 10 but want adjustable sights, as mentioned above the model 15 is a good option. A 4" L frame (580/680 series) for more muzzle weight is another alternative.
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I have a model 28, a model 17 and a model 66. But my favorite revolver is my 5" model 15. Perfect balance, very accurate, just feels great in my hand.
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